Most of us are concerned with having white teeth, but have you thought about how close you are to having gingivitis or periodontal disease? Dark and moist, your mouth is a prime location for germs and bacteria to grow out of control. Without proper daily care, your mouth, gums, and teeth are headed straight for bacteria heaven.
Taking the time to have proper oral care can prevent many oral health concerns as well as other health risks. It can prevent cavities, tartar, gingivitis (an infection of the gums caused by plaque), and more serious gum diseases such as periodontitis.
To get started, you need a good, reliable tooth brush. Many dentists encourage brushers to use a soft-bristled brush for removing plaque and other debris from the teeth. It is also suggested to use a small-headed brush because it can more easily reach all areas of the mouth.
Next, you need top-of-the-line toothpaste—and Young Living has exactly that! In fact, we offer three different types of toothpastes. Our most gentle toothpaste, Thieves® Dentarome, is generally recommended for children. It has all the benefits of Thieves without being overpowering. For adults, Thieves Dentarome Plus Toothpaste is a great option. It’s a stronger version of the original Dentarome toothpaste because it contains a larger concentration of thymol and eugenol. And for those interested in having a clean mouth with white teeth, Thieves Dentarome Ultra is a perfect choice! It contains the whitening agent papain, an anti-stain enzyme derived from papayas.
Adding any one of our Thieves toothpastes to your daily oral care will help your mouth stay clean, fresh, and bacteria-free!
Last month Gary Young invited a group of distributors and employees to help harvest balsam fir trees at Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho, as part of the essential oil distillation process (Listen to Gary’s experience here). Many of you who weren’t able to participate have asked about balsam fir and how it’s used as an essential oil. I hope this information is both enlightening and helps answer some of your questions:
Balsam fir looks much like a typical conifer tree—similar to something you’d buy at a Christmas tree lot. During a balsam fir winter harvest, the entire tree is cut and delicately distilled. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that Gary is very particular when it comes to growing and distilling balsam fir essential oil. That’s why he selects his own trees and personally oversees the harvest and distillation process. What better way to ensure maximum purity and potency (read more about the Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ standard) than having one of the world’s leading distillation experts present?
Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ (YLTG) peppermint essential oil comes from the most potent plants around the globe and is tested to ensure proper levels of menthol and menthone are in every bottle.
But there’s more to YLTG peppermint than just finding the best plants. The secret is in expert harvesting practices. Peppermint is harvested when the field’s overall appearance goes from light to dark green. The growers make sure the plant has just started to bloom before the peppermint is cut, and then water is carefully measured prior to distillation to ensure the most potent constituents are steam-extracted.
Enjoy this fun recipe as a great way to start incorporating peppermint essential oil in to your everyday life!
Peppermint Iced Tea
4 decaffeinated green tea bags
1/4 c. Young Living Blue Agave
3 drops Young Living peppermint essential oil
In the bottom of a 64-ounce pitcher, pour agave and peppermint essential oil. Pour hot water over top and stir. Add tea bags and steep until it has a dark caramel color. Quarter limes. Fill serving glasses with ice and squeeze one lime slice in each glass. Pour tea over ice and garnish with a sprig of mint and serve.
A bath is one of the easiest ways to squeeze in some much-deserved pampering time for your skin and your mood. Relaxing in a tub full of warm, sweet-smelling goodness can seem like the ultimate indulgence but it is anything but frivolous—baths nourish winter-worn skin, ease achy muscles, and even inspire creativity.
You can create a great soak of your own with just a few ingredients from your pantry or local market and a few drops of essential oil. Here is a recipe for a citrus bath that is a favorite of mine and is a great perk to winter blah skin and mood.
Skin-Soothing Citrus Bath
1 navel orange
1 c. whole cloves, divided
1 c. pulp-free orange juice
1/2 c. soy milk
2 tsp. Young Living lavender essential oil
As we continue to discover the many uses of peppermint essential oil this month, here’s another great usage tip from Young Living distributor Joyce Davis:
“I am new in the oil business, so I’m experimenting. My husband snores so much that it keeps me awake. So one night we put some peppermint essential oil on his pillow, and low and behold, his snoring just about stopped. Thank you!”
Whether you want to experience the cooling sensation of menthol on overworked muscles, enjoy an invigorating foot scrub, or soothe an upset stomach, peppermint essential oil can help! Make sure you add peppermint essential oil to your orders this month and discover the soothing benefits all over again!
Young Living has a rich heritage of offering undiluted, therapeutic-grade wintergreen essential oil. Grown in the nutrient-rich fields of southern China, we take great care to ensure our wintergreen suppliers adhere to the strict Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ standard. In fact, Young Living sourcing specialists Mary Lou Jacobsen and Sue Chao recently traveled to China to personally inspect our supplier’s wintergreen fields, harvesting techniques, and distillation process. This close, personal relationship with suppliers helps guarantee the optimal potency and purity of every essential oil and essential oil-infused product.
Once a wintergreen source has been validated, subsequent lots undergo ongoing random testing in our lab. This ensures that no dilution or substitution (using the synthetic compound methyl salicylate) has occurred. Any lot that shows the slightest hint of alteration is sent back to the supplier.
As part of the lab tests, wintergreen is also subjected to Isotopic Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) analysis. Based on the Carbon 13 and Carbon 12 isotopic ratio, the IRMS can determine whether a particular lot of wintergreen is naturally sourced or synthetic (created in a lab). From 2001–2009, every batch of wintergreen essential oil offered by Young Living has undergone this test. The results from this eight-year period show that our wintergreen essential oil ranges from -33.1 to -34.26, or well within the isotopic range for this essential oil. By contrast, the isotopic range for synthetic wintergreen is -26 to -28.
Our personalized sourcing approach, combined with our state-of-the-art testing, ensures that each and every essential oil—from balsam fir to wintergreen—is of the highest, most potent therapeutic quality, just as nature intended.
Here’s what Young Living distributor Bernadette Glasgow has to say about peppermint essential oil:
“Peppermint helped me so much in dealing with hot flashes. As soon as I would begin to feel the hot flash coming on, I would apply a drop or two to the back of my neck, and it would absorb the hot flash. I use it for digestive support too. I have also used peppermint oil for mental acuity for myself and for others. I once was tutoring a young man who was learning to read five-letter words. By having him smell the oil prior to his tutoring, he actually noticed how much better he was doing in learning to read the words. It was a great testimony of the power of peppermint essential oil and something I will never forget.”
For more quick and easy ways to incorporate peppermint essential oil into your daily routine, visit www.youngliving.us.